1003 Development Court
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: 845-340-3456 or Toll Free at 1-877-914-3456
It is the mission of the Ulster County Office for the Aging to assist Ulster County seniors to be as independent as possible, for as long as possible. This is accomplished through advocacy, development and delivery of person-centered, consumer-oriented, and cost-effective policies, programs and services which support and empower the elderly and their families. We accomplish this in partnership with the network of public and private organizations that serve them.
A Message from Shelley Wagar, Director
Hello Ulster County Seniors,
November is here and the Ulster County Office for the Aging (OFA) gives thanks to all the seniors we serve and meet throughout the year. I am writing this letter the day after our volunteer appreciation luncheon. We enjoyed great food and fellowship while hearing from County Executive Mike Hein and recognizing our long-standing volunteers with service awards.
The lucky number this year is 40,378. This is the number of hours the 334 OFA volunteers put in this past year. Isn’t that an amazing number? And it is more than the previous year! Just think- that equals the work of more than 22 full-time employees. The OFA is indeed very fortunate for the time and talent of each volunteer.
November is filled with events. Medicare open enrollment began in October and continues until December 7. We also have our last public hearing on November 5. Our last Lunch and Learn for 2018 is on November 14 with the topic of Senior Driver Safety. We are collaborating with Statewide Senior Action Network to show the documentary “Care” on November 29th at the Rosendale Theater. These are free events! To attend all or just one or two, please call the OFA office at 845-340-3456 to reserve a spot.
I wish all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday,
The Monthly Message from Ulster County Executive Michael P. Hein
Dear Ulster County Senior,
Last month, I presented my 2019 Executive Budget for the County. I am pleased to let you know that we are cutting County property taxes once again for the great people of Ulster County for the 7th year in a row; and the tax levy or the amount we collect through property taxes has now been reduced to the lowest level since all the way back in 2009, an entire decade ago! I am also pleased to report that we continue to earn strong recognition from the NYS Comptroller as well as multiple independent bond rating agencies for the responsible way we manage taxpayer money. Plus, by implementing innovative solutions we now ensure more services than ever before, including many of the services provided through the Office for the Aging such as lunch and learns and other classes, legal services, transportation for shopping trips and medical appointments, Medicare and insurance assistance, and much more. As a result, this budget is one of the most socially responsible county budgets our State has ever seen.
One of the highlights of my proposed budget is my ‘Brighter Futures’ initiative which is intended to help more children and families rise above the nightmare of generational poverty and this budget specifically funds important efforts to improve equality and address social injustice. I am proud to say that because my administration has a track record of tackling important issues, we were able to secure a remarkable $4 million in supportive funding to help make our exciting Brighter Futures initiative an even bigger success! As a result, we will be expanding college readiness programs, tutoring, mentorship and greater access to no-cost higher education, all while removing longstanding impediments like child care, transportation and books. For those who want greater career opportunities immediately, we will be offering enhanced job training and certificate programs to assist at-risk youth and their parents to move toward higher paying jobs, as we work to break the cycle of generational poverty together.
I am pleased that the Executive Budget is reflective of a government that continues to respect its taxpayers by reducing their burden while never sacrificing critical services for those in need. We continue to choose efficiency over waste to be able to fund valuable programs for our Veterans, our seniors, our children and our families, as we continue to strive to make Ulster County the finest place anywhere to live, work and raise a family.
Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Michael P. Hein
For many seniors seeking a way to get low-impact exercise that improves health and requires no special equipment, Tai Chi is an excellent solution. Many seniors throughout Ulster County are enjoying the benefits of Tai Chi. Research is showing that an extremely effective way for older adults to improve balance, fitness, and flexibility, and to reduce the risk of falls. Attending group Tai Chi classes is a great way to socialize with others. Watch local Tai Chi instructor Celeste Graves lead a class.